Rethinking Disabilities

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:14 New American Standard

imagesHere’s a quandary for us:  if God made us and His Word says this about us what does that mean for the person who was born with a disability?  Can -or should- a person with disability and be able to say “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”?

Let’s look at this. Firstly if we look at disabilities as a medical abnormality we will want to treat it.   Secondly,  if we look at disabilities as something that is needing to be accepted by society then we will advocate for its acceptance.

The problem with these two approaches for the Christian is that disabilities becomes something that is not right; something that needs to be fixed.

Another problem is that if we accept that people with disabilities have been created that way for purpose and that really messes with our theology:  how can a loving God and all powerful create someone with a disability.  It doesn’t make sense.  But can we in our finite minds totally understand God who is infinite?

No I do not advocate in the least to leave your brains at the door way of Christianity.  So let’s look at this another way, the third option:

What if the takeaway was to see or to  acknowledge that the person with disabilities is a person who has been given worth,  who has been given talent, who’s been given a calling… just like anyone else?

What if our role, per se, is not to figure out why an individual has disabilities, but, rather, to support him in the calling that God has for his life?

Think about this Scripture:

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.  There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 New American Standard

Blessings on your journey!

-Michael

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